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Cole Co. Man Dies after One-Car Crash

A Cole County man is dead after a car accident near the lake.

Alexander Benke, 21, was the driver of a Ford Taurus on Highway 87 in Miller County near Abbott Road at about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. The Centertown native lost control going around a curve, hit a mailbox, and then an embankment. He died at a lake area hospital.

His passenger, 83-year-old Juliann Rockers of Centertown, only had minor injuries.

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